Patient Information

we are commited to ensuring a comfortable informed endodontic experience. Please contat us for any additional information

First Visit

Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options….

Insurance Information

At Essential Endodontics we make every effort to provide you with the finest care and the most convenient financial options….

After Treatment

After treatment, the root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration….

Sedation

Although, the majority of patients tolerate endondontic treatment without the need for any type of sedation service, some patients may choose to explore sedation options

First Visit

What you will need to know for you initial appointment

Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Frequently, treatment can be done the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:

  • Photo ID
  • Your referral slip
  • Radiographs
  • clinical photographs
  • treatment plan if applicable
  • A list of medications
  • medical or dental insurance,
  • necessary completed forms

IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18 at the consultation visit. Guardian Consent Notary Form

Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Artificial heart valves and joints
  • Rheumatic fever

 Or if you are on any medication

  • Heart medications
  • Aspirin
  • Anticoagulant therapy

Or require medication prior to dental cleanings

  • Antibiotics
  • For pre-med

Radiographs

If your previous dentist has taken recent radiographs (within 2 weeks), you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.

Providers

Insurance Information

At Essential Endodontics we make every effort to provide you with the finest care and the most convenient financial options. To accomplish this we work hand-in-hand with you and your insurance provider to maximize your benefits. If you have any any questions regarding coverage, please contact our staff. They are well informed and up-to-date Contact Us. We also accept CareCredit.

We are in network with most traditional PPO insurance, select DMOs and discount plans. Call us today for more information.

Please call if you have any questions or concerns regarding your initial visit.

Please bring your insurance information with you to your appointment.

Insurance we accept:

  • Aetna PPO
  • Ameritas
  • BCBS
  • Beam Dental
  • Best Life
  • Careington
  • Cigna PPO
  • Connection Dental
  • Delta Dental PPO/Premier
  • DeltaCare USA HMO
  • Dental Network of America
  • DenteMax
  • GEHA
  • Guardian PPO
  • Humana PPO
  • Lincoln Financial
  • Metlife PDP Plus
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Principal Financial
  • Physicians Mutual
  • Reliance Standard
  • Renaissance Dental
  • Standard Life
  • Sun Life Financial
  • United HealthCare PPO
  • United Concordia
  • UMR

Endodontic treatment has now been completed

The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment. A complete report of treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. Included in your treatment is a follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing. This appointment will require only a few minutes and no additional fee will be charged for the first check-up visit.

Please call for an appointment during the following month.

Your tooth is more prone to fracture immediately after endodontic treatment. You should chew on the other side until your restorative dentist has placed a core build-up and a protective restoration, usually a crown

 If your tooth’s strength is seriously compromised, your endodontist or restorative dentist may place a post and core build-up inside the tooth. Your restorative dentist and endodontist will determine the appropriate restoration to best protect your tooth.

Possible Issues

Are there any potential problems after treatment?

Lower teeth and nerve injury

There is a slight possibility that nerve injury can occur during root canal surgery to the lower posterior teeth. Your endodontist is trained to assess this possibility prior to treatment and will advise you accordingly. For lower posterior teeth, the root tips may be near a nerve that supplies feeling to the lip, chin and gums. Your endodontist is trained to design your surgery to minimize the chances of damaging this nerve. Rarely, this nerve can become irritated during the process of surgery. In these cases, when the local anesthesia wears off, you may experience tingling, altered sensation or, in rare cases a complete lack of feeling in the affected tissues. Should this occur, it is usually temporary and will resolve over a period of days, weeks or months. In rare cases, these changes can be permanent and/or painful.

Upper teeth and sinus communication

The upper teeth are situated near your sinuses, and root canal surgery can result in a communication between your mouth and the adjacent sinus. Should this complication occur, it will usually heal spontaneously. We will give you special instructions if this is apparent at the time of surgery. We prefer that you don’t blow your nose for two to three days after surgery. If you have to sneeze, you should sneeze with an open mouth into a tissue. You should not create any pressure in the sinus area. If you sense a complication after surgery, please contact us.

Post-operative infections

Post-operative infections occasionally occur. This usually requires just an office visit and examination. Many times placing you on an antibiotic for one week will take care of the infection Occasionally, other follow-up procedures will be needed.

calm your nerves

Sedation

Sedation Dentistry is one of the best ways to calm your nerves about your upcoming appointment. There are several reasons we may recommend sleep dentistry. If you have severe dental anxiety, a bad gag reflex, or issues sitting still, sedation dentistry might be right for you.

Here at Essential Endodontics, our experienced sedation dentists offer Conscious Sedation, IV Sedation, and Nitrous Oxide. IV sedation is performed at our Fort Worth location only.

What is IV Sedation?

IV sedation, also known as “deep conscious sedation,” is a safe and effective treatment for people with moderate to severe anxiety. Medication is administered directly into your bloodstream so it acts quickly to sedate you. Before, during, and after the treatment, we’ll monitor your heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. IV sedation dentistry is used for people who have longer, more complex, and multiple dental procedures done without anxiety or discomfort.

What is Conscious Sedation

We offer a variety of different types of conscious sedation in pediatric dentistry to help find what fits the needs of you or your child best while assisting you in reaching the appropriate level of relaxation during an exam or procedure. We utilize a combination of medications to relax and sedate the patient while simultaneously blocking pain with a local anesthetic. When using conscious sedation dentistry, the patient is still awake and may not be able to talk, but they will not feel any potential pain of the exam or procedure. This also allows the patient to return to normal activities sooner in the day than with the use of general anesthesia

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a nitrogen-oxygen mixture that you inhale through a nose mask during your treatment. As you breathe in the nitrous oxide, you will experience a relaxed or even euphoric sensation. Nitrous oxide can help you feel calm and at ease throughout your treatment. Nitrous oxide sedation is very safe: the effects will wear off within just a few minutes after we remove your nose mask, and you can legally and safely drive yourself home after your appointment